Steamboat Springs Yampa Valley cyclists anxious for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge to roll through town later this month can get a taste of what it’s like to ride with one of its high-profile riders at 10 a.m. Monday when Tour de France second-place finisher Andy Schleck departs downtown.
Schleck, a pro cyclist from Luxembourg, will lead a community bike ride from Steamboat Ski & Bike Kare to Hilton Gulch on Routt County Road 35.
“It’s going to be a thrill,” said Paige Boucher, who is helping promote the ride.
Boucher said Schleck arrived in the Yampa Valley last week to train and get acclimated to the higher altitude.
“He’s a very down-to-earth person,” Boucher said. “In Steamboat, we watch the Tour de France every morning for three weeks, and we end up feeling like we know these people. It will be fun to be able to ride next to him.”
Boucher said she expects as many as 150 riders to join Schleck on the ride that is open to everyone.
Andy Schleck road ride starts at Ski & Bike Kare
Learn about the race
Also on Monday, Steamboat residents who want to know how the Pro Cycling Challenge will affect the Steamboat area when it rolls through Aug. 26 and 27 are invited to attend a community open house at 6 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The meeting will outline the race’s logistics in detail.
Local organizing committee Chairman Jim Schneider said Sunday that he will give a 20 to 30 minute presentation outlining the impact the race will have on the community. After the presentation, he and representatives from the Steamboat Springs Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol will field questions about road closures and other topics.
He said that the feedback he’s gotten from residents who live near roads that will be closed has mostly been positive but that he doesn’t doubt there will be at least a few inconveniences.
“The best thing to do is to come and see the event,” he said. “But if you have no desire to see the race, it might be best to stay away from the downtown area.”